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Navigli District Tours

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Navigli District
The center of Milan was once crisscrossed with a series of interconnecting canals, called “navigli,” used to transport goods and people. Two still exist just south of the city center, and the surrounding Navigli District is one of Milan’s trendiest areas, full of galleries, cafés, restaurants, and clubs. It’s a hot spot worth a visit.

The Basics
The Navigli District is known for its vibrant nightlife. On summer evenings and weekends, the streets come to life with teeming bars and nightclubs, many with outdoor tables along the canals or located directly on the water on floating barges. This is the great place to discover Milan’s thriving food and wine scene, so consider joining a Milan aperitivo tour or beer tasting, or a walking tour of the neighborhood with a gourmet slant. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The picturesque Navigli area, with its canals and colorful period buildings, is one of the most photogenic neighborhoods in Milan. Be sure to bring your camera. 
  • One of the prettiest corners is Vicolo dei Lavandai, an offshoot of Naviglio Grande, where the Milanese would do their washing by hand. Today, the lane is lined with restaurants and shops. 
  • The area is paved and well-maintained, so it’s easy to manage with a wheelchair or stroller.

How to Get There
It's a pleasant walk from the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the Duomo di Milano along Via Torino past the Colonne di San Lorenzo to Corso di Porta Ticinese, which brings you to the Navigli. Or, take metro line 2 to the Porta Genova stop. Milan is one of the most important cities in Italy and the capital of Lombardy, so it’s well-connected by train to Venice, Florence, and Rome.

When to Get There
The Navigli District is most vibrant in summer from late afternoon through the evening, as the area's bars and restaurants start to fill up, so join an afternoon food tour or evening walking tour to see the canals of Milan at their best.

Navigli District History
The first navigli canals were built in the 12th century, and over the centuries the system created by channeling existing rivers and dredging new waterways has been used for everything from irrigation to defense. By the beginning of the 20th century, most of Milan's navigli had fallen into disuse and were paved over in the 1930s, leaving only Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese in the working-class neighborhood just outside the wealthy city center. Low rents began to attract artists, who set up galleries and studios, and today the Navigli District has funky, bohemian atmosphere, making it one of the most desirable areas in the city.
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Milan Segway Tour Including the Navigli Canal District

Milan Segway Tour Including the Navigli Canal District

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See the Navigli canal district of Milan by Segway, and put a fun twist on sightseeing in the city. After a practise session on the self-balancing electric scooter, you'll follow a guide through central Milan, seeing the Santa Maria delle Grazie church and refectory that's home to Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. Wind through the canal district to stop for photos, then visit other Milan sights including the Roman columns of Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore and the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. Numbers are limited to just six people for a small-group tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.53
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$84.53

Discovering the Navigli District

Discovering the Navigli District

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Explore Milan’s Navigli district on a 2-hour walking tour that introduces you to the city’s historical network of canals, from its history that dates back to the 1100s to Leonardo da Vinci’s role in the waterway system. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people to provide a more personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$227.81
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$227.81
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Evening Food Tour with Wine Tasting in Milan

Evening Food Tour with Wine Tasting in Milan

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Take a Milan beer tasting tour and check out the microbrews that are springing up around the city. With a guide, you’ll enjoy samples of four different beers, two appetizers and a walking tour of the Navigli district, where bars and restaurants line the canals. It’s a great way to learn about Milan’s burgeoning brewery scene and explore a vibrant area at the same time.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.37
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$84.37
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Amazing Private Milan Aperitivo Tour

Amazing Private Milan Aperitivo Tour

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Experience one of Milan’s favorite traditions, the aperitivo, during this 2-hour private tour. Stroll the streets of the fashion capital and search for the best happy hours in the city. Sip on classic cocktails and sample delicious dishes from the Milanese region while your guide describes the stories behind this beloved tradition.
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  • 2 hours
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$77.14
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Private Tour of Milan Fashion District

Private Tour of Milan Fashion District

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Learn about the world’s premier fashion capital on this private tour through Milan’s fashion district. Explore the Navigli district and explore its canals and discover a few hidden, fashion gems like local artisan boutiques as well as big-name designer stores while learning about the fashion industry from your informative guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$71.12
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$71.12
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Navigli guided walking experience

Navigli guided walking experience

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Unveil Navigli area during 1-hour walking experience. Don’t miss the chance to discover the picturesque area of Navigli, the most famous rivers in Milan. End this guided experiences admiring the beauty of Navigli district. Do you know that a legend says Leonardo Da Vinci invented a system of dams and you can still admire it in Navigli area? During this 1-hour walking tour you will take a stroll until Darsena and Navigli district. Your monolingual speaking guide will show and explain you the history behind the strategic system of canals that connected Milan to the surrounding area including Lake Como and Lake Maggiore and Europe. Last but not least, a stop to discover the extraordinary corner, where washerwomen used to wash clothes in the past and the typical milanese houses. Prepare yourself to an exciting journey through one the most characteristics districts of Milan!
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  • 1 hour
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$36.16
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$36.16
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Milan Personal Shopper Experience in the Navigli Canal District

Milan Personal Shopper Experience in the Navigli Canal District

Shop in the Navigli district of Milan with your own guide, and discover the markets, antique dealers, and shops that line the picturesque canals. The vibrant neighborhood is loved for its bohemian feel, and your personal shopper-guide will introduce you to the places and shops you might not have found on your own. Book for a group of up to four friends and family, and choose from a morning or afternoon experience to suit your plans.
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  • 2 hours
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$121.27
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Aperitivo On The Navigli With A Local: Private & Personalized

Aperitivo On The Navigli With A Local: Private & Personalized

Swap the typical sightseeing tours for an evening experience in Milan that will make you feel like a local. In the company of a specially selected, like-minded host, spend a few hours indulging in what is surely everyone’s favorite Italian tradition: the aperitivo. This private and personalized experience will have you flitting between the bars of historic Navigli, enjoying good drinks and conversation at each.
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  • 3 hours
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$146.14
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$146.14
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Discover Navigli and its Secret Places

Discover Navigli and its Secret Places

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Milan’s trendy Navigli district is filled with hidden gems, beautiful buildings, and plenty of charm. Explore the area on a 2.5-hour walking tour and learn about the area’s rich history from your tour guide. See the canal dams invented by the famous Leonardo da Vinci, admire the frescoes of the Portinari Chapel, and get insider tips on the best places to eat and drink in the area.
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  • 3 hours
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$132.59
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A Half Day In Milan With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Half Day In Milan With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Skip the well-trodden tourist track and discover hidden hotspots during this insider’s half-day tour of Milan, which matches you with a vetted Milanese local. Embark on a special itinerary, tailor-made to your unique preferences and interests, and enjoy an intimate and personalized travel experience. Your guide will show you lesser-known attractions, left off the internet guides and travel guidebooks, and introduce you to the Milan only known to locals.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.30
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$110.30
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A Night In Milan With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Night In Milan With A Local: Private & Personalized

Discover Milan’s vibrant nightlife on a tour through the city center. See landmarks like the Duomo and Sforza Castle lit up at night before heading to the Navigli district to explore the nightlife. Walk along Navigli Grande and discover the buzzing bars along the canal offering delicious aperitivos and music to get the night started and get insider tips on the best places to eat and party from your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$162.79
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$162.79
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Food stroll & tasting in Milan city centre

Food stroll & tasting in Milan city centre

Daily, in an elegant and typical neighborhood in the heart of Milan a special event going on: a food stroll with tastings experience. Enjoy 3.5-hour experience, where you will taste a glass of sparkling Franciacorta wine, known all around the world, in an hidden venue. You will then carry on with your guide, getting through curiosities about Italian cuisine. A sample of Risotto is then waiting for you in one of the most well-known restaurant in Milan, It will be combined with a tasty pasta dish and a glass of white wine. Furthermore, you will visit a cheese shop which sells unpasteurized cheese: that’s something unique! But keep in mind that those are just a couple of stops: you will be lead through a five-courses meal with their paired wine, with an amazing dessert at the end. How can you find out which dishes will be tasted? By joining the experience, of course!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$143.32
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Milan's Navigli Canals with a Private Tour Guide

Milan's Navigli Canals with a Private Tour Guide

Venice is the Italian city that comes to mind when we envision canals of Italy but at one time, the historic city of Milan was flocked with veining waterways serving as the city’s lifeblood. On this incredible guided tour visit the authentic district of Navigli where navigating the area was once by water, now known for its nightlife and the local favorite - aperitivo! - Visit the network of Navigli canals of Milan along with a local guide - Learn about the docks of the Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese - Hear the story of how Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions are connected to the canals - Visit the Vicolo dei Lavandai, a hidden gem from Milan’s past - Get tips from your guide on the best restaurants and bars in the Navigli
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$289.28
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Milan e-bike tour: Wonderful Navigli SOUTH

Milan e-bike tour: Wonderful Navigli SOUTH

With our ELECTRIC BIKES you will see much more with less effort, enjoying the best even if you have little time!
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  • 4 hours
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$48.21
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San Lorenzo and Sant'Eustorgio Churches Walking Tour

San Lorenzo and Sant'Eustorgio Churches Walking Tour

In one of the most ancient areas of the city, discover two of the first churches to ever be erected in Milan: a 90-minutes full immersion in centuries of history, art and folklore, with an introduction to the Naviglio and the system of canals which dominated this district.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$24.11
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